From a Madison Scouts press release: The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Beddis as percussion coordinator for 2005. In making the disclosure, director Sal Salas stated, "With a drum corps career spanning two decades, Lee has become one of Drum Corps International's most sought-after percussion authorities." Added percussion arranger and caption head Colin McNutt, "Lee is the epitome of precision and power. He knows how to get the results essential in creating today's top percussion lines." Noted as a clinician, adjudicator and educator throughout North America, Beddis has distinctive credentials perfectly suited to his new role at Madison.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Beddis spent his youth with the Peterborough Krescendos, the Canadian Knights and the Kitchener Dutch Boy Drum Corps. He would later move south to join the ranks of the world champion Garfield Cadets, in order to become part of the now-legendary "perfect" percussion line of 1987. After winning his second title in 1990, he aged out, swiftly moving into the role of instructor.

His instructing experience includes the Madison Scouts, Star of Indiana and the Phantom Regiment. It was there, in 1996, that Beddis helped capture the world title with his ambitious work for "The Defiant Heart," an all-Shostakovich program. In 1997, he turned his skills to the rebuilding of the Glassmen. Within the year, his expertise found immediate reward, moving that section into the forefront world-class recognition. After the successful 2000 season, he moved to the Crossmen, where he has remained until this recent appointment. Beddis' unique reputation as a program builder prepares him for the role of returning the Madison line to elite status. Added Salas, "Talk about synergy! Paired with Colin McNutt, he delivers a potent blend of musicality, accuracy, strength, and intensity. He offers the perfect combination of perfection and communication that our fans expect."

In addition to drum corps experience, Beddis is in demand throughout the United States and Canada as a highly regarded judge for USSBA and Winter Guard International. He proudly endorses high-quality industry names such as Yamaha, Remo, Vic Firth and Zildjian, while conducting marching percussion clinics across North America. Meanwhile, the Madison Scouts will be at the Bands of America Grand National Championships this week in Indianapolis. The Madison Scouts will be at Booth Number 40. Stop by, say hello and visit with us. Director Sal Salas, Assistant Director Cody Pileski and Color Guard Designer Lionell Moore will be there to answer questions about the Madison Scout audition camps in Richardson, Texas, on Sunday, November 21 and in Madison, WI, November 27 and 28, 2004. The Madison Scouts are looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have. The Scouts would like to wish every participant at the BOA Grand Nationals the best of luck. We'll be cheering for all of you to have the performance of a lifetime!